Beginners script
Beginners (2010)
Synopsis: After his mother dies, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is stunned when his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, comes out of the closet. When Hal passes away a few years later, Oliver grows depressed, struggling with his failing career as an artist while constantly remembering his childhood and time spent with his dad. Oliver's loneliness is eased when he meets actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent), but their relationship is threatened by their mutual fear of commitment.

New outfit and inflection.

HAL (CONT’D)

...I want to do something about

it...

New outfit and inflection.

HAL (CONT’D)

...I want to do something about it.

INT/EXT. VARIOUS - DAY

A live action “portrait” of Hal, looking into camera, first

in old clothes, then jump cut to new all black outfit.

OLIVER (V.O.)

He changed all his clothes.

EXT. PARK - DAY

The camera moves through a large group of men and streamers

gathered for Los Angeles Pride event.

OLIVER V.O. (CONT’D)

He got a boyfriend, Andy, a

physical trainer who was also

studying for his professional

pyrotechnic license.

Camera lands on Hal beaming with pride, his arm around Andy

who looks into camera and says.

(CONTINUED)

10/29/07 6.

CONTINUED:

ANDY:

Since I came out to my father, he

never speaks to me. That's why

I’ve been always attracted to older

men.

Hal and friends laugh warmly at Andy. We cut to live action

“portraits” of a priest, a therapist, the Primetimers, his

movie-night club, and the large L.A. Pride group, all looking

into camera.

OLIVER V.O.

He found an out gay priest to guide

him spiritually. He saw a therapist

for the first time. He joined the

Primetimers. Movie night.

Los Angeles Pride, and then...

INT. HAL’S LIVING ROOM

We see Hal’s living room, empty of furniture in the morning

light.

OLIVER V.O.

Four years after he came out, he

died in this room...

CUT TO PRESENT:

INT. OLIVER'S KITCHEN - MORNING

Oliver enters, followed closely by Arthur. Oliver walks

through the kitchen - Arthur follows him. Oliver walks

through the living room - Arthur follows. Oliver makes a

circle through the house - Arthur follows.

Oliver sits, looking down at Arthur.

OLIVER:

Look, its lonely out here, so you’d

better learn how to talk with me.

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Mike Mills

Michael C. "Mike" Mills is an American film and music video director and graphic designer. He is perhaps best known for his independent films Thumbsucker and Beginners. more…

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